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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Āstika literally means ‘one who believes that God exists’. A synonym is śiśtā[1].

The word ‘āstika,’ is derived from the verb ‘asti’ (‘exists’) generally denotes anyone who believes in the existence of God and higher worlds like heaven, immortality of the soul, theory of karma and reincarnation and so on. Sometimes the word is used in the more restricted sense of one who believes in the authority of the Vedas.

When the king Parīksit, the grandson of the Pāṇḍava prince Arjuna, died of a snakebite, his son Janamejaya performed a sarpayāga or snake sacrifice in which hundreds of innocent snakes were being immolated. The final offering was to be Takṣaka, the king of snakes of the nether world, the chief ‘culprit’ who had bitten and killed Parīksit. Just then there appeared on the scene a young sage, Āstika by name, the son of the Jaratkāru couple, and stopped the atrocious sacrifice. His mother was the sister of Vāsuki. He had been specially deputed to save the life of Vāsuki and all his subjects and his followers, with his sweet speech and convincing logic. Āstika was able to win over the king Janamejaya and extract the boon he wanted. Vāsuki and the snake species were thus saved from total annihilation.


  1. "Svikrtavāda-pramānabhavā sistā" - Tattvachintāmani of Gangeś Upadhāya
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore